Experts in artificial intelligence and authentic innovation brought their knowledge together to present a robust program for the University of Florida College of Nursing’s 2022 Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Conference. Due to COVID-19, the conference was moved to a virtual format, which allowed easier access for participants to attend and receive up to five nursing continuing education contact hours.
More than 400 individuals from around the country and the world, including Brazil and India, participated in the virtual conference on Feb. 18, themed: “Artificial Intelligence | Authentic Innovation.” Some of the nation’s most renowned nursing experts led the day in conversation discussing artificial intelligence and authentic innovation in health care, as well as analyzed leadership in health care using both forms of innovation. Breakout sessions included a UF Health Escape Room; Clinician-Led InnoVAtion; AI and clinical education & OR prep use of AI; and an artificial and authentic patient room. Attendees were able to gain insight into how to leverage interprofessional partnerships in health to achieve shared creative goals, all while taking part in interactive dialogue with health care administration, nursing professionals and educators.
The conference’s opening keynote, delivered by Jane Carrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAMIA, the College of Nursing’s Dorothy M. Smith Endowed Chair, and Sara L. Horton-Deutsch, PhD, PMHCNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF, professor and director of the University of San Francisco Kaiser Permanente Partnership, provided attendees the opportunity to hear an engaging debate about the role authentic innovation and artificial intelligence will play in the future of health care and training the next generation of nurse leaders. Carrington highlighted artificial intelligence’s technical aspects, while Horton-Deutsch emphasized the interpersonal qualities associated with artificial innovation — both of which can be used in tandem to solve health care’s challenges.
To close out the conference, Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, founding director of the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, as well as the Richard M. Fairbank Professor of Aging Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, shared his insights on agile science, an approach combining economics, complexity science and network science to understand human behavior. The integrative nature of agile “innovation” makes it easy to pair with AI and authentic innovation in health care settings.
The Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Conference has taken place every other year since 2004 and tackles the most pressing and informative topics affecting health care and nursing. This one-day, innovative leadership conference is presented by the UF College of Nursing and the Thomas M. and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust, and serves as one of the best values for nursing educators, clinicians, researchers and health care professionals and entrepreneurs. The 2022 DMS conference was also sponsored by UF Health, UF Health Jacksonville and Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Theta Chapter. The next symposium will be held in early 2024.